Charlie's Angels

Charlie's Angels

4.5 11
Director: McG

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu

     
 

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They're beautiful, they're brilliant, and they can kick your butt -- the most glamorous private eyes in the world are back in action in this big-screen adaptation of the popular '70s television series. Natalie (Cameron Diaz) is the smart but silly one, Dylan (Drew Barrymore) is the tough but fun-loving one, and Alex (Lucy Liu) is the classy but hard-as-nails one, and… See more details below

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They're beautiful, they're brilliant, and they can kick your butt -- the most glamorous private eyes in the world are back in action in this big-screen adaptation of the popular '70s television series. Natalie (Cameron Diaz) is the smart but silly one, Dylan (Drew Barrymore) is the tough but fun-loving one, and Alex (Lucy Liu) is the classy but hard-as-nails one, and they work for a man named Charlie (voice of John Forsythe), who never meets his employees face to face. Along with their helper Bosley (Bill Murray), the Angels are sent into action when electronics genius Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell) is kidnapped, with the nefarious Roger Corwin (Tim Curry) as the prime suspect. But they soon learn even bigger danger is afoot -- the kidnappers have gotten their hands on Knox's latest invention, a system that can monitor voice communication from anywhere in the world, virtually ending the notion of private conversation. Charlie's Angels also stars Crispin Glover, Luke Wilson, Kelly Lynch, and Tom Green.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Adapted from one of the Swingin’ '70s’ most popular TV series, Charlie’s Angels is a funny, fast-paced romp brimming with feminine pulchritude and bursting with explosive action. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu portray the sexy sleuths whose unseen employer (voiced, as he was in the TV show, by John Forsythe) assigns them to protect software guru Sam Rockwell from mysterious assailants. The high-stakes game takes an unexpected turn when the bodacious bodyguards discover that Charlie himself is the ultimate prize. Although Diaz, Barrymore, and Liu are easily capable of carrying the film on their shapely shoulders, a terrific supporting cast just adds to the fun. Bill Murray puts his signature stamp on the role of John Bosley (David Doyle in the TV original), the Angels' fellow operative. Tim Curry, Crispin Glover, Kelly Lynch, Luke Wilson, Matt LeBlanc, and Barrymore’s real-life boyfriend, Tom Green, also make the most of their screen time. Music-video director McG (a.k.a. Joseph McGinty Nichol) makes a flashy feature-film debut, combining Hong Kong-style fight choreography and Matrix-like special effects with loose, improvisational humor and frequent pop culture references. As a result, his high-flying Angels makes heavenly entertainment. McG explains his filmmaking technique in a commentary for the DVD, which also includes music videos from Destiny’s Child and Apollo Four Forty, the theatrical trailer, and featurettes documenting the film’s production.
All Movie Guide - Jessica Frost
Charlie's Angels mixes nostalgic 1970s elements with action à la The Matrix and unrealistic spy plots à la James Bond, all set within the framework of the popular 1970s TV show of the same name. As three kick-butt private investigators, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, and Cameron Diaz prove to be as beautiful and unlikely as their TV counterparts. The script selectively mixes elements from numerous sources and time periods, with the main criteria being unabashed amusement. Though they're fighting crime in a new age -- the plot revolves around the stolen software of a Bill Gates-esque character -- the issues in the Angels' personal lives remain the same; the theme of "a good man is hard to find" weaves itself throughout the film and forms the basis for the women's vulnerability. But in their work life the trio is all confidence -- whether infiltrating a high-security computer vault, high-kicking a would-be assailant (producer Barrymore decided the Angels would not wield guns), or speeding after the bad guy in a race car, their confidence and skill is unshakable. Sure, they emerge from harried combat with the Thin Man (played with creepy brilliance by Crispin Glover) without even smearing their lipstick, but that's a part of the make-believe fun. There is an episodic, comic-book style to this action film -- no doubt helped along by the music video background of director McG -- and the result is as satisfying and equally agreeable as it is in Austin Powers. It also shares with Powers a spunky blending of modern-day themes with cheesy elements from the '70s. In Charlie's Angels this fusion is exciting, entertaining, and, judging by its box-office success, what people want.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2005
UPC:
0043396114722
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:39:00
Format:
Sony PSP

Special Features

Full-length movie; Widescreen presentation; DVD picture quality

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cameron Diaz Natalie
Drew Barrymore Dylan
Lucy Liu Alex
Bill Murray Bosley
Sam Rockwell Eric Knox
Crispin Glover Thin Man
Luke Wilson Pete
Tim Curry Roger Corwin
Kelly Lynch Vivian Wood
Matt LeBlanc Jason
LL Cool J Mr. Jones
Tom Green Chad
John Forsythe Charlie
Mike Smith Knox Thug
Sean Whalen Pasqual
Reggie Hayes Red Star Systems techie

Technical Credits
McG Director
John August Screenwriter
Joseph G. Aulisi Costumes/Costume Designer
Justine Baddeley Casting
Dawn Brown-Manser Set Decoration/Design
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Executive Producer
Russell Carpenter Cinematographer
Tiger Chen Stunts
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Drew Barrymore Producer
Lauri Gaffin Set Decoration/Design
Leonard J. Goldberg Producer
Amanda Goldberg Associate Producer,Co-producer
John Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
Nancy Juvonen Producer
Noelle King Set Decoration/Design
David F. Klassen Art Director
Richard Mays Art Director
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Ryan Rowe Screenwriter
Clare Scarpulla Set Decoration/Design
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Ed Solomon Screenwriter
Peter Teschner Editor
Betty Thomas Executive Producer
Jenno Topping Executive Producer
Wayne Wahrman Editor

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